Meet The Studio


What does it take to be a Darling?

There is no one size fits all solution – we are a diverse group of architects, designers and masterplanners from all over the world, each passionate about designing beautiful architecture in which people can live, work and relax.


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Agnieszka-Tarnowska-Headshot
Architect

Agnieszka Tarnowska

Alastair Roberts, Director
Managing Director

Alastair Roberts

Associate

Alexander Cook

Architectural Assistant

Alexandra Baker

Architectural Assistant

Anca Milotin

Project Architect

Athina Athiana

Project Architect

Cameron Farrell

Project Architect

Carla de Moraes

Carolina Rodriguez - Project Director, Darling Associates
Technical Director

Carolina Rodriguez

Chris Darling - Darling Associates Architects
Founder + Chair

Chris Darling

Chryssa Tsevreni - Darling Associates
Project Architect

Chryssa Tsevreni

Cinzia-Della-Croce
Architect

Cinzia Della Croce

Craig McLeish

David-Hurst
Project Director

David Hurst

Reception

Diana Broadhurst

Dilyana-Georgieva
Architect

Dilyana Georgieva

Elizabeth
Architectural Assistant

Elizabeth Borland

Fabrizio Maiorano - Architect, Darling Associates
Associate

Fabrizio Maiorano

BIM Manager

Fernando Portero

Finance Manager

Gabette Betsi

Director

Gareth Watkins

Senior Architectural Technician

Ivan Popov

Associate

James Le Ball

Director (Non-Executive)

Julie Pears

Project Director

Laura Podda

Architectural Assistant

Laura Posada Tellez

Liana Maltezou

Architectural Assistant

Lisa Gronevik

Loredana Bilancione

Media Manager

Lorraine Tyson

Luiza Munteanu

Luna - Office Dog, Darling Associates
Office Dog

Luna

Maria Lander - Practice Manager
Practice Manager

Maria Lander

Finance Assistant

Marta Orlowska

HR Director

Melissa D’Souza

Associate

Pedro Guinapo

Richard Houghton - Darling Associates
Consultant

Richard Houghton

Robyn Harrison Church

Architectural Assistant

Roshni Patel

Architectural Assistant

Ross McKenzie

Project Director

Rupert Calvert

Architectural Assistant

Ruva Chipato

Samantha Litherland - Darling Associates
Project Architect

Samantha Litherland

Seth Higgins

Architectural Assistant

Sonam Dahya

Thomas Bartram - Darling Associates
Project Director

Thomas Bartram

Architectural Assistant

Thomas Leach

Director

Tomas Pierce

Uxue Erro Perez
Project Architect

Uxue Erro Perez

Project Director

Vania Piccioli

Yulema Zamora - Darling Associates
Architect

Yulema Zamora

Architect

Agnieszka Tarnowska

Agnieszka joined Darling Associates in 2021, as an ARB chartered Architect. Since then, she has been involved in several commercial office schemes in London and across the UK, from planning stage through detailed design and construction to completion, focusing on bespoke approach, pursuing high-quality architecture and fit-outs.

Agnieszka is also focused on delivering Feasibility Study documents exploring planning opportunities for commercial and residential, new-build and regeneration schemes across the UK.

Prior to joining Darling Associates Architects, Agnieszka worked for a boutique, London based practice successfully delivering high-end residential projects in London, from inception to completion, for both private clients and developers.

Agnieszka also led numerous luxury retail design projects in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and other Gulf countries for clients such as: Manolo Blahnik and Malone Souliers.

Managing Director

Alastair Roberts

London, UK

Alastair joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Director in the London studio.

He is responsible for a number of high profile complex mixed-use commercial and urban masterplan projects in the UK.

In addition to ‘front-ending’ initial site design and development appraisal projects with clients and the project team, Alastair leads both the design and implementation of projects through to successful implementation on site.

In his previous roles at NORR and ESA Design, Alastair specialised in the office, business park, retail, leisure, hotel, residential and mixed-use sectors both in the UK and Europe.

Darling Associates confirm Alastair as the new Managing Director effective 1st April 2023.

Associate

Alexander Cook

London, UK

Alexander joined Darling Associates in February 2019 and is currently responsible for a series of projects in London and around the UK specialising in commercial and residential sectors.

His skills range from developing the initial brief and delivering initial conceptual work, the detailed design and key planning stages of a project through to its delivery and completion, whilst working closely with the client, design and contractor teams at each of these key stages. His particular expertise is in frontend design, taking projects from concept to developed scheme design, utilising 3D modelling and visualisation.

Alexander has previously gained over 8 years of experience in the architectural industry working for a number of London based & design-led, top 10 AJ100 practices. During this time he has managed projects from inception to completion, working alongside a number of high profile private sector clients. His portfolio includes schemes that vary in scale across numerous sectors, including commercial office, residential, retail, and hotels.

Architectural Assistant

Alexandra Baker

London, UK

Alex joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Part II Architectural Assistant and is currently studying towards her Part III.

She is helping to deliver 120 Moorgate, a 12,400 m2 8-storey mixed-use shell and core redevelopment in the City of London. Her current role has involved the construction detailing of the contemporary precast concrete and other façades, and subsequently the roofing and internal packages. Now progressing well on site, she is working with the novated team to deliver the refurbishment to program.

Prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in London for 2 years, where she was involved in the design and delivery of a multi-award winning £120m luxury mixed-use scheme, Buckingham Green, in the heart of Westminster.

Alex has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including listed buildings and refurbishments in conservation areas, private residential and developer-led schemes.

Architectural Assistant

Anca Milotin

Project Architect

Athina Athiana

London, UK

Athina joined Darling Associates in 2019 as an Architect. She is currently working on office buildings and mixed-use residential schemes from initial concept to detailed design and construction documents.

Athina graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, where she acquired a Masters in Architectural Design. Her design thesis project was awarded the Design Thesis Prize and the Computational Prize of the Year. She also holds a 5-year Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she also graduated with Honours. She is a qualified Architect and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and ARB.

Prior to joining Darling Associates, she has worked in studios based in Greece and the Netherlands, working on a wide range of residential, retail and urban design projects of different scales.

Project Architect

Cameron Farrell

London, UK

Project Architect

Carla de Moraes

London, UK

Carla graduated from the School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1995 and has worked with Darling Associates for over 15 years.

She has been involved and responsible for the design, management and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, luxury residential and commercial projects both new builds and refurbishments including listed buildings.

She now works as a technical architect on a variety of projects.

Technical Director

Carolina Rodriguez

London, UK

Carolina moved to London in 2005 to study a Masters in Architectural History & Theory, joining Darling Associates the following year.

She studied architecture in Chile and has worked on educational projects and transport developments.

At Darling Associates, Carolina was responsible for the delivery of residential and office refurbishments projects in London before becoming team leader on the high-profile luxury residential project One Hyde Park. Her role on this project gained her the title of Associate.

As Project Director, Carolina worked on the high-end residential project Audley Square House in Mayfair.

Now a Technical Director, Carolina is currently working on a series of housing developments for clients such as Eutopia Homes, Top Hat and Welbeck Land.

Founder + Chair

Chris Darling

London, UK

Chris set up Darling Associates Architecture in 2003, drawing on his wide-ranging experience and quickly established the company as a leading design-led practice. He offers vision and leadership in all our projects, ensuring the highest of standards in both design output and client satisfaction.

After studying Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholarship for design and graduated with honours. Chris joined Frederick Gibberd where he was appointed Principal Associate. His main achievement was a 30,000 sqm retail centre involving extensive urban improvements.

After ten years at Gibberd, he joined Terry Farrell and Partners where he was responsible for the practice’s Crossrail team before joining Hamilton Associates in 1994. At Hamilton’s, he worked on a mixture of the workplace and major residential projects and was appointed an Equity Director in 1997. He was responsible for 40 Berkeley Square, Cambridge Business Park offices schemes together with major residential projects in London at Richmond Bridge, Artillery Mansions and Trevor Square.

Chris’ interest lies with developing an architectural language around the principles of proportion, harmony and the careful selection and detailing of materials. Whilst his expertise lies in the areas of residential, hotel and offices design, he pushes the practice forward into new and constantly evolving territory, always striving to ensure the approach remains fresh and the highest standards are achieved.

Outside the office, he is an enthusiastic yachtsman and a keen member of Itchenor Sailing Club.

Project Architect

Chryssa Tsevreni

London, UK

Chryssa joined Darling Associates in 2019.

She graduated from the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture in 2011 and prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in Athens and London for 7 years.

She was responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of projects across sectors and scales including new-built residential, education and commercial developments, as well as high-end refurbishment projects.

She also specialises in Building Information Modelling having worked on projects of various scales in Greece and the UK.

 

Architect

Cinzia Della Croce

Craig McLeish

Project Director

David Hurst

Reception

Diana Broadhurst

Architect

Dilyana Georgieva

Dilyana joined Darling Associates in 2021 as an experienced Revit-skilled ARB RIBA chartered Architect. In addition, she is also an Urban Designer and a University Lecturer – maintaining an active interest in architectural education through tutoring RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Architecture students alongside her professional practice.

Dily has been responsible for the BIM delivery of a few large projects such as Botanica, Ditton Park (195,000ft² retrofit workspace) and masterplan of Eden Campus, Kingston (393,000ft² GEA offices). She is running a variety of other projects in London and around the UK specialising in residential and commercial sectors across all RIBA work stages from initial project briefing through to construction and completion.

Dilyana graduated with BA (Hons) in Architecture from Portsmouth University in 2011, with MA Urban Design in 2013, with M.ArchD in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University in 2015 and with PgDip Professional Practice in Architecture from Greenwich University in 2017. Prior to Darling Associates, she worked in other large top AJ 100 practices where she was responsible for the design, management and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, student accommodation, refurbishment, mixed-use, master planning, commercial projects, community centre and project management.

Architectural Assistant

Elizabeth Borland

Associate

Fabrizio Maiorano

BIM Manager

Fernando Portero

Finance Manager

Gabette Betsi

London, UK

Director

Gareth Watkins

London, UK

Gareth’s keen eye for ensuring an extremely high threshold of design quality, combined with his commitment to delivering the very best outputs and value for clients, is paramount to his professional approach.

His expertise perfectly reflects that of the wider practice, with an extensive focus on major residential projects.  However, among all of the Darling Associates Directors, he also has the most active experience in designing and delivering industrial and commercial projects.  In addition to his client projects, Gareth’s leadership responsibilities extend to business development, client relationship management and finance.

Gareth maintains a very measured and level headed manner and is well regarded by colleagues for bringing a calming approach, and taking the lead, in any challenging situations that may arise during the course of the working day.   His approachable, proactive and diligent attitude has held him in good stead for developing long-lasting relationships with many repeat clients.

In addition, Gareth is engaged on several commercial and residential projects on or around Brompton Road in Knightsbridge for APML Estate, including Montpellier House, OneOneSix (Moreau House), 160 Brompton Road, and 122 Brompton Road.

Senior Architectural Technician

Ivan Popov

Associate

James Le Ball

London, UK

James arrived in 2013 with a Masters in Architectural Design specialising in International Regeneration and Development from Oxford Brookes University. With previous experience in festival stage construction and small bespoke residential and commercial projects, James has since built his knowledge of larger urban scale projects.

James has worked on a selection of large scale offices, bespoke interior planning and large mix-use developments in varying locations and contexts. These include Bridge House, a 150,000 sq ft new build office in Uxbridge, College Road a 32 storey mixed use tower in Croydon and Westminster Quarter, a new 102 unit high end residential development in Westminster.

James is an active BCO Next Gen Member and has been involved in the outlay of Autodesk Revit in the office. He also takes part in the tag rugby and golf teams we run as part of the practice.

Director (Non-Executive)

Julie Pears

Project Director

Laura Podda

London, UK

After studying Architecture and Building Engineer at the University of Cagliari, Italy, she went on to work for Massimiliano Fuksas’ architectural practice in Rome. While there she worked on international and local projects of different natures, ranging from design competitions to working drawings. Her main project achievement was the New European Congress Centre in Rome, which she followed through all the stages of the design process.

After two years at Fuksas’ she joined Fosters and Partners in London in 2007 and has since worked on the Central Market Project in Abu Dhabi, being involved in the design of the project through to overseeing construction.
In 2009 she relocated to Abu Dhabi, joining the Central Market team on site.

On-site, she was working in a team performing aesthetic supervision of the works, quality control, factory visits and tender reviews, liaising with the client, the design team and various contractors.
She relocated to the London head office of F+P in 2012, working on a variety of prestigious projects such as the Zayed National Museum in collaboration with the British Museum, the interior design and fit-out of the Index Office tower, the winning competition of the Mobility Pavilion for Dubai 2020.

In June 2016 she joined Darling Associates Architects team and has since worked on a new office building in Bristol and a high profile residential project in central London which is about to be completed on-site.

Architectural Assistant

Laura Posada Tellez

Liana Maltezou

Architectural Assistant

Lisa Gronevik

Loredana Bilancione

Media Manager

Lorraine Tyson

London, UK

Luiza Munteanu

Luiza joined the team in 2022 as a chartered Architect, bringing a vast expertise in inclusive environments, sustainability, and modern methods of construction from her previous 5-year experience in the public sector in Cardiff. She brings a breadth of knowledge in projects of varied scales and complexities, spanning across a range of sectors, including education, health, parks, leisure, and neighbourhood regeneration; as well as a depth of understanding in delivering projects from inception to completion, working alongside multidisciplinary teams and securing statutory approvals at key project stages.

Luiza is an experienced Revit users with a commitment to on-going professional development and a curiosity for other subjects – arts, psychology, wellbeing, and neuroscience, and how these interweave with the architecture profession.

Office Dog

Luna

London, UK

Practice Manager

Maria Lander

London, UK

Finance Assistant

Marta Orlowska

London, UK

HR Director

Melissa D’Souza

London, UK

Associate

Pedro Guinapo

Consultant

Richard Houghton

London, UK

Robyn Harrison Church

Robyn is a returning Part II, having also gained her Part I experience with us in 2020. Robyn completed her undergraduate Architecture degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2019 where she developed a passion for socially driven architecture and undertook specialised courses focusing on the use of colour in architecture.

Robyn has recently completed her Masters in Architecture at The University of Greenwich, gaining skills in animation, 3D modelling, film making and 3D rendering. Her final thesis project was an exploration into the architectural potential of developing artificial glaciers to replace those affected by the global Climate Crisis. At Darling Associates, she has worked on a range of projects from stage 1-4 focusing on the Unilever Headquarters project, Kingston which has recently broken ground. She looks forward to many more exciting projects at DAA, as well as starting her Part 3 qualification in 2023.

Architectural Assistant

Roshni Patel

Architectural Assistant

Ross McKenzie

Project Director

Rupert Calvert

London, UK

Rupert joined Darling Associates in 2011 as a Part I Architectural Assistant and has continued to add to his skill set since then and grown to be a valuable asset to the office.

Rupert has experience in commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes within Central London including extensions and refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties.

Rupert is currently working on a number of high profile projects at various stages in Central London.

Rupert enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.

Architectural Assistant

Ruva Chipato

Project Architect

Samantha Litherland

London, UK

Samantha first joined Darling Associates in 2019 after completing her Masters at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Samantha has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including high-end private residential and developer-led schemes.

Currently, her projects include multi-use developments, commercial buildings, high-end and small scale residential.

With the support of Darling Associates Samantha also worked to deliver international charitable projects for communities in need. She has recently come back from Zambia where she delivered 4 classrooms and a teachers office as part of the expansion of a primary school.

Seth Higgins

Seth joined Darlings in 2022 as a Part I Architectural Assistant, after graduating from KSA. He is passionate about sustainability and how good design can make a positive impact on the environment.   Interested in how adaptive reuse can be of benefit, he made a case for this in his thesis project through exploring how the norm of tearing buildings down to replace them with something larger every decade or so is not sustainable and regeneration may be a way forward.

Seth comes from a background of working on interior architecture and smaller design and build projects and is enjoying working in Darlings on a range of different larger scale projects and looks forward to what is to come in the future.

Architectural Assistant

Sonam Dahya

Project Director

Thomas Bartram

London, UK

Thomas joined Darling Associates in 2014, following 5 years at Foster + Partners. Since joining, Thomas has been working on a selection of residential projects ranging from affordable to high end, including Ashbridge Street, Woodberry Park and 35 Marylebone High Street.

Thomas graduated from the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked for Foster + Partners in London, on a range of international projects in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Morocco, alongside residential and commercial projects in central London.

Current projects include the interior architecture of a 183 residential unit scheme in North London, incorporating pool/gym/spa facilities and a high-end residential development consisting of 19 apartments and 5 Townhouses, working alongside Dixon Jones Architects.

Architectural Assistant

Thomas Leach

Director

Tomas Pierce

London, UK

Tomas has a strong technical background in architecture which spans back to 2003 when he obtained an Architectural Technology diploma and gained an entry-level architectural experience at a small practice in Dublin. In 2007, upon completion of his BA in Architecture from Queens University in Belfast, Tomas relocated to London. He gained experience of different RIBA project stages, from design to construction, by assisting architects in a range of projects during his three-year appointment at Glenn Howell Architects.

Since joining Darling Associates in 2010, Tomas has been involved in the design as well as the production information of various schemes. His current responsibilities include the design development for a series of prestigious residential, Housing, Build to Rent (BTR), hotels, leisure and commercial projects.

Project Architect

Uxue Erro Perez

London, UK

Project Director

Vania Piccioli

London, UK

Vania joined Darling Associates in 2006, where she has specialised in the residential and commercial sectors. Her recent work includes a number of large scale high-end private residential schemes and BTR developments in central London, the conversion and extension of a Grade II listed school to provide luxury care homes, and the interior design of a high-rise residential development in Sidney, Australia.

Previous projects include an award winning new build office development in Maidenhead, private residential schemes in Ealing, Chelsea and Abu Dhabi, an affordable scheme in the Isle of Dogs comprising 189 apartments, hotels and commercial schemes in Ealing and Maidenhead.

Vania is a member of the Technical Steering and ISO groups within the practice, as well as one of the studio’s Mental Health First Aiders.

Vania sudied Architecture at University of Florence, and Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, she graduated
with first-class honours with distinction and qualified as an architect in Italy in 2005. Subsequently, Vania joined Anna Conti Architecture in Florence, where she managed several in-house projects as well as carrying out research on contemporary housing. Vania relocated to London in 2006.

Architect

Yulema Zamora